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New members

Interested in joining EKAC? We’re resuming our regular assessments of potential new members. Add your name to our waiting list by emailing and our Club Secretary will keep you posted on arrangements.

Pat Russell

Our welcome return to training after the latest lockdown was tempered by news of the loss of our much-loved coach and friend Pat Russell. Pat joined East Kilbride Athletic Club in the early 1980s an endurance athlete before becoming one of our coaching stalwarts. He had time for every athlete and every fellow coach. He…

East Kilbride Athletic Club coach’s top tips for lockdown running

EKAC seniors distance coach Jamie Clements (pictured) featured in the East Kilbride News/Daily Record recently, commenting on the surge in lockdown runners – female and male – during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jamie even provided a training schedule for those looking to take up or return to running or are looking to – see below. Here’s…

Hannah’s Scotland U20 debut @ Run Stirling XC

Despite being U17, Hannah Anderson was picked for the U20 Scotland women’s team for 12 January’s Run Stirling Celtic International XC. And they won! Hannah was interviewed with the team afterwards…

#Muddybrilliant XC photos

Photographer Bobby Gavin (That One Moment) has given us 2 of our favourite XC photos the year featuring EKAC athletes.Graeme Haddow brings home not just a great run but most of the Balloch Castle mud (West District XC Championships), while Vivien Thorpe chases down Olympian Andy Butchart (Run Stirling).

Hurdling, jumping, sprinting, throwing

Practising shot put or javelin on East Kilbride’s Queensway? Bad idea. Setting up hurdles on the Kingsway? Awkward. So, while you might see our middle distance runners charging around EK’s streets, we stick to John Wright Leisure Centre’s athletics facilities when training for throws, sprints, jumps and hurdles. Fancy a cut of this kind of…

Whether running, jumping or throwing, East Kilbride Athletic Club is for you.

We are based in the Athletics Hub at the John Wright Sports Centre, minutes from East Kilbride town centre. The Hub overlooks the Centre’s recently-resurfaced 400m running track.

Laura Muir visiting EKAC, 2019

A charity, our aim is to bring out the best in our athletes, whether juniors (9+), seniors or masters and whether they are striving for a national vest, starting out or aiming to set new personal bests as part of their athletics journey.

While running is the most visible part of what we do – you may have seen our yellow-and-black vests zipping by you – we are also heavily involved in field events including high jump, long jump, discus, javelin and shot put.

On the running side, we cover sprinting (including sprint hurdles), middle distance, road, trail and cross country. Some events are individual, others involve teams.

We cater for ages 9 upwards and have internationalists, national and district champions amongst our many members, with strength in depth in our female and male junior, senior and master categories.

See here for how to join.

GB distance runners Callum & Derek Hawkins visiting EKAC

How the club is run

EKAC has served Scotland’s 6th-largest settlement since 1959.

We are a SCIO – a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation – regulated by OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator). We are governed by a board of trustees who operate under our constitution. Most of our normal business is managed by a committee that meets each month.

We are affiliated to Scottish Athletics (SA). All of our club members are, separately, also members of Scottish Athletics. An SA membership number is required in order to enter almost all of the athletics events in which the club participates.

All of our coaches are part of the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) scheme and we have an appointed Child Protection Officer.